The 105-acre Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium entertains and educates visitors on a 105-acre plot peppered with native wildlife, an educational museum, and three trails snaking through natural habitats. Museum guests learn about the natural world as they commune with captive animals and plants, including native butterflies and a variety of tree frogs. An Audubon aviary houses injured hawks, vultures, and owls, as well as bald eagles preening for guests during breaks from modeling gigs for the quarter and $1 bill. Outside, guests can stroll along nature trails on the center’s grounds to spot all kinds of native plants and wildlife, and the Big Cypress Swamp Boardwalk allows explorers with wheelchairs or strollers to glide along stable paths. Sit back and stare up at the Media Globe dome theater's screen and learn the universe’s best-kept secrets under a breathtaking view of the stars.
In 1999, Ira Barsky and Ed Sarbey formed a coalition of animal-welfare supporters to combat the euthanizing of adoptable pets in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. They founded Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) and purchased a mobile spay or neuter clinic to help reduce pet overpopulation. Since 2002, the organization has sterilized more than 32,000 cats and dogs, primarily offering its services to low-income families that could not otherwise afford the procedure. Additionally, ARC's emergency medical fund supplements this no-kill approach by paying for the medical supplies and medicines needed by sick or injured animals picked up by Sarasota County Animal Services. Drs. Nan Rosenberry and David Smith then provide complementary treatment for any animals brought into Bay Road Animal Hospital. ARC also sponsors a feral cat program and an adoption effort to ensure cats and dogs enter permanent and loving homes.
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I Train Your Kids is a company dedicated to improving the lives and health of children and families through exercise and proper nutrition. We have a kids gym where families can participate in fitness, kickboxing, and cooking classes. We also do personal training in home for kids or families looking to get in shape together.
The Alliance for the Arts' concerts, exhibitions, and art classes have become a staple for the aesthetically inclined since the institution's founding in 1975. The center’s three art galleries elicit awe with ongoing exhibits, and its educational programs inspire students to express their feelings through painting and drawing. The Alliance’s schedule of events keeps fans of the performing arts intrigued with plentiful music festivals and dance recitals.
The certified instructors at Scuba Bill's Aquatic Adventures guide students through a slew of advanced diving classes as well as specialty courses in spear fishing and rescue diving. They even organize trips to exotic locales, where students can put their skills to use while diving through some of the world's most beautiful underwater scenery.
Tardiness will cost you at The Training Box. For every minute of class latecomers miss, they must perform three burpees—a challenging union of pushups and jumping jacks. The gym operates under a no-excuses approach to fitness, packing its 6,000-square-foot functional training space with punching bags, a rock-climbing wall, and strength-training equipment, and conducting high-intensity CrossFit and MMA classes throughout the week. CrossFit Level 1 certified instructors shout words of motivation and favorite Dr. Seuss quotes to classes of students of all shapes and sizes, leading them through the daunting, ever-changing gamut of exercises. To keep patrons healthy outside the gym, staff members dole out nutritional tips and advice and even write up healthy menus that guests can follow at home.